Weight, resolution, field of view and more

Today Pico 4 has been officially announced with some really impressive specs and features. Here’s how it compares to Meta’s Quest 2 – at least on paper:

Exercise 2 Pico 4
Edition October 2020 October 2022
Visor weight 470 grams 295 grams
Eye display 1832 × 1920 LCD 2160 × 2160 LCD
Maximum refresh rate 120 Hz 90 Hz
Lens type Fresnel Pancake
Lens separation 3 stages (58mm / 63mm / 68mm) Granular 62mm-72mm
Token Snapdragon XR2 Snapdragon XR2
Aries 6 GB 8 GB
Go through Low resolution grayscale High resolution color
Landing 15W 20W
Price and storage € 449 (128 GB)
€ 549 (256 GB)
€ 429 (128 GB)
€ 499 (256 GB)

Of course, the full story cannot be told on paper specs – we have Pico 4 practical impressions here and we will publish the full review after sending.

Weight and form factor

The Pico 4 is the first fully standalone headset with pancake lenses to be launched outside of China. Pancake lenses support smaller panels with a shorter lens gap and thus a thinner and lighter design.

But that’s not the only way Pico has reduced the weight of his viewfinder. Like its predecessor, the Pico 4’s battery is located on the back of the strap. The Quest 2 battery is located in the visor, which increases the feeling of heaviness in the front.

While Qu. FinishEst 2 with Fresnel lenses and front battery weighs 470 grams without straps, Pico 4 without straps is almost 40% lighter at 295 grams. We list the weight of visors, not complete headsets, because that’s what you’ll feel on your face.

Resolution and field of view

Quest 2 uses a single 3664 ×1920 LCD panel. Headsets with one panel cannot use up all the pixels because there is an unused gap between the lenses. And since the Quest 2 has an adjustable lens separation, the Meta had to leave even more unused space. This means that the actual resolution delivered to each eye is much less than 1832 ×1920.

Pico 4 uses two LCD panels, one for each lens, with a resolution of 2160× 2160 each.

Pico says Pico 4’s field of view is 105° diagonal. The meta doesn’t provide an official FOV value – and different companies measure differently anyway – so in our review we’ll show you an actual FOV comparison.

IPD regulation

Each person has a slightly different eye-to-eye distance – interpupillary distance (IPD). If the headset lenses do not fit snugly against your eyes, the image may be blurry and even cause eye strain.

Quest 2 only offers three preset lens separation distances: 58mm, 63mm and 68mm. The lenses are moved manually between these three positions by hand.

Pico 4 lenses are stepless and motorized, supporting interpupillary distances (IPD) in the range of 62-72mm. You set the IPD on the interface inside the VR and the lenses self-adjust.

Go through

Quest 2 uses its corner tracking cameras to pass through its reconstruction algorithm. Its passthrough mode was originally intended for indoor setup only – these cameras have a low angular resolution and do not emit colors.

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Pico 4 has a dedicated 5K RGB camera in the center for color passing. In our practice, we have noticed that distortions are still present on nearby objects and it does not look as clear as it actually is. But it’s still a noticeable improvement over the grainy black and white of Quest 2.

Chip and RAM

Pico 4 and Quest 2 are powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor as other currently important standalone headsets. The XR2 is a variant of the Snapdragon 865 smartphone chip that was first introduced to the market in early 2020.

Quest 2 combines this with 6 GB of RAM, while Pico 4 combines it with 8 GB.

Controllers

Both Pico 4 and Quest 2 use their four corner fisheye cameras to track infrared (IR) LEDs under the plastic geometry on their controllers.

But while Quest 2 controllers include these IR LEDs in the ring in front of the palm, Pico 4 controllers have them in an arc above the palms. Pico points out that this means your hands can get closer to each other without hitting the controllers, when doing things like unlocking a gun or pouring water into a cup.

Pico also says its new controllers are equipped with a “HyperSense wideband engine” that provides more realistic tactile feedback. We will test it in our review.

Price and availability

The basic Pico 4 model with 128 GB of memory costs 429 euros, and the model with 256 GB of memory is 499 euros. Shipped to Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Pico says it plans to launch in Singapore and Malaysia later this year.

The basic Quest 2 model with 128 GB of memory costs 449 euros, and the model with 256 GB of memory 549 euros. Shipped to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, UK and the United States.

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